All Licensed Bars Now Allowed To Open Only To Vaccinated Patrons

CABINET has announced that bars with valid operating licenses can now reopen but should only admit vaccinated individuals. By Michael Gwarisa Breifing Journalists during a pots cabinet briefing, Infomation minitser, Senetaor Monica Mutsvangwa said, “…Cabinet notes, with concern, that the continued closure of licensed bars and night clubs has caused not only a loss of income and unemployment but also resulted in the mushrooming of illegal outlets. “Cabinet therefore directed that all licensed bars be opened to fully vaccinated clients. Bar owners are also required to ensure that the World…

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National Lockdown relaxed

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has announced a relaxation on the National COVID-19 lockdown following a decrease in daily average deaths from twenty to ten. By Patricia Mahsiri Through a televised address, President Mnangagwa said, “The marked decline cases and deaths is a clear demonstration that government’s careful implementation of public health and social measures including lockdowns in collaboration with all sectors and stakeholders is paying off. I’m therefore reducing a relaxation of the current level 4 lockdown to level 2. The realization includes but not limited to the following measures. A…

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COVID-19 Worsens Chronic Poverty In Zimbabwe’s Vulnerable Citizens- Report

LIMITED social protection vehicles and the absence of social safety nets for some venerable groups has exacerbated already existing inequalities and chronic poverty among Zimbabwe’s vulnerable groups. By Michael Gwarisa A new report, the Zimbabwe’s Second Voluntary National Review (VNR) 2021 indicates that the COVID-19 pandemic has  affected government’s  capacity to effectively address chronic poverty (by helping the poor households) as well as the capacity to mitigate the socio-economic shocks of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the 2019 Labour Force  and  Child  Labour  Survey  (LFCLS),  about  249,000  persons,  which  is …

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SAYWHAT Raises Alarm Over Spike In GBV Cases In Semester Marriages

THE Students and Youth Working on Reproductive Health Action Team (SAYWHAT) has raised concern over the prevalence of semester marriages which the organisation says are behind the rise in Gender Based Violence (GBV) and other Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH) challenges amongst students. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking during the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) organised World Population Day commemorations, SAYWHAT project coordinator Esinathy Sibanda said COVID-19 induced lockdown had also resulted in surge in GBV cases for semester marriages settings. Semester marriages are one of the things that students in tertiary…

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Partial Lockdown Applauded

HEALTH experts have welcomed the moved by government to put the country on a partial lockdown as means to curb the spread of the coronavirus. By Patricia Mashiri Dr Alex Gasasira, the World Health Organization Representative in Zimbabwe recently told the state media that government had taken a broad decision in announcing a partial lockdown as a way of avoiding an upsurge in COVID-19 cases. What the government of Zimbabwe is doing is in line with what the WHO recommends. It is necessary for governments to carefully review local evidence…

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Government bans public gatherings

THE Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) has issued a ban all public gathering except funerals which are limited to 30 people. Staff Reporter Speaking during a press briefing, Dr Constantino Chiwenga, Vice President and also Minister of Heath and Child Care said all conferences and meeting must be held virtually. The last 7 seven days have seen 596 new cases and 26 deaths as compared to the same period in May 2021 where we had 132 new cases and 6 deaths. This is a more than 4 fold…

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Kwekwe lockdown extended

CABINET has announced that the  localised Kwekwe lockdwon that was imposed three weeks ago would be extended by another two weeks, following a rise in Covid-19 infections in the mining town. By Tanaka Moyo Speaking during a press briefing Senator Monica Mutsvangwa, the Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services confirmed the extension of lockdown in Kwekwe. The nation is informed that Cabinet has approved that the lockdown in Kwekwe be extended by a further two weeks. The development comes in the wake of a surge in positive cases in Kwekwe,…

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Government Defends Kwekwe Lockdown

THE Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) says the decision to put Kwekwe under lockdown was informed by epidemiological evidence and will go a long way in reducing the spread of the highly infectious and  virulent B.1.617.2 COVID-19 variant to other parts of the country. By Michael Gwarisa The new variant is highly dominant in India where it has caused not less than 298,000 deaths and  26, 506, 167 infections since it was first reported in the Asian country.  In Zimbabwe however, the new variant was reported a week…

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Time To Challenge Gender Bias and Inequalities

THE Ministry of Women Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprise Development has called on women rights advocate groups to push for active participation and involvement of more women in key decision-making positions to ensure inequalities associated with gender are addressed. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking at the Harare Spotlight Initiative consortium’s commemorations of the Women’s Day celebrations, Harare Metropolitan Provincial Development Officer in the Ministry of Women Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprise Development, Mr Ernest Chimboza said it was high time women claim their rightful position at the top table.…

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The Importance Of Maintaining A Healthy Diet During The Covid-19 Pandemic

THE Covid-19 pandemic has caused a lot of undesirable changes in the day to day living of people worldwide. The greatest concern of many is to avoid catching the virus and at least recover if infected. Everybody is afraid of either dying and leaving their loved ones or losing their loved ones to Covid-19, indeed the pandemic has come with lots of insecurities, fears and depression. By Ms Nomagugu Ndlovu and Dr Tecklah Usai The fears associated with the Covid-19 pandemic can negatively impact on people’s eating habits. Reaching for…

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